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Would you fly in an aeroplane without windows? Or a pilot?

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A new aircraft design from Dubai-based airline Emirates plans to remove windows from aircraft. Yep, windows.

Instead of real-life views of the sky and passing world below, passengers will look at “virtual windows,” enjoying projected views of the outside world.

Emirates’ new “game-changing” cabins will be first-class private suites.

The traditional glass windows will be replaced by screens to mimic the apertures to the outside world with camera-sourced images or real or pre-recorded imagery. The outside day-night mix could be co-ordinated with the timing in your destination, helping to reduce the impact of jet-lag. You could actually project anything you wanted onto the virtual window spaces.

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But CNN Travel says not everyone is convinced by the idea of windowless aircraft.

“Some futuristic concepts show windowless aircraft and, while there may be some structural benefits from getting rid of the windows, there is also another line of thought that says the opposite: having some point of communication with the outside improves the passenger experience,” Victor Carlioz, co-founder of California-based design studio ACLA Studio.

Saj Ahmad, Chief Analyst at StrategicAero Research, points to the practical issues posed by a windowless airplane.

“Windowless airplanes would be great in an ideal world from an engineering standpoint – however, in reality, it won’t happen for a number of reasons.

“For starters, in the event of an emergency, cabin crew often need to look out for reference points to coordinate evacuations. Having visual as well as spatial awareness is vital and in a windowless jet, they don’t exist – especially if there is an electrical fault which then means that the “electric” windows do not work and you can’t see outside.”

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Other futuristic aircraft designs are heading in the opposite direction and embracing larger windows.

Boeing’s Dreamliner – its most modern clean sheet design – features larger windows than most of the current aircraft we’re flying today. Airbus has also designed a cabin with transparent walls, presented at the 2011 Paris Air Show.

Brazil’s Embraer aircraft is devising the Kyoto cabin, designed for its Lineage 1000E aircraft, which features large panoramic windows running along the majority of the lateral walls of the cabin.

Then there’s the prospect of the pilotless plane. Just like the driverless cars which are becoming a reality on roads around the world, our future flights might be piloted by sophisticated computers, with a remote ‘pilot’ on standby to step in if the needs arise.

Aircraft design has changed little since the first of Boeing’s 707 jets took off in the late 1950s. Despite many changes in materials and improvements in sophistication of flying systems and safety, our passenger planes still have rows of windows running down either side of the plane and two warm humans sitting up front controlling the systems in the plane and making all the important decisions.

Are we ready for the next phase of aircraft design and operation?

SOURCES: CNN Travel, The Thaiger

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Songkhla soi dogs heading to the US

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PHOTOS: Workpoint News | Thai Street Paws Rescue

5 dogs out of 29 that had been left to die in an abandoned home in Songkhla are now heading to the US to meet their new owners.

Officials from the Division of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Service and Smiledog Home volunteers report that the 29 dogs and 8 cats were abandoned at a house in Songkhla. Two representatives from Smiledog are taking care of the animals in Songkhla as their health improves and the lucky 5 dogs prepare for their long plane journey. A team of vets from Song Tale Veterinary Clinic have been providing expert medical care.

The owner of Thai Street Paws Rescue, Tamara Johnston, is an Australian teacher who teaches in Songkhla. She has played a major role in saving these animals and is the reason why 5 of them will be traveling to the US in September. She has been rescuing stray dogs and finds new owners for them without any adoption costs, except the travel fees for the animals.

Siripun Knampromwong from Smiledog Home says that the dogs have been happier since the rescue. They are playing with each other and have enough space to run around. There are still some animals available for adoption, those who are interested can contact via the Facebook page.

STORY: Workpoint News | Thai Residents

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“No stimulus for property sector” – Thai finance minister

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The Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana told a seminar in Bangkok yesterday that the government’s stimulus packages were for the ‘grass roots economy’ and the property sector can cope on its own, without any government assistance.

He was speaking at a property seminar hosted by the Krungthep Turakit newspaper yesterday. He said that that the real estate sector could readily adjust to the Bank of Thailand’s loan-to-value (LTV) criteria on mortgage loans that took effect last April.

“The government’s latest economic stimulus packages are aimed at helping revive the grassroots economy, and that should in turn benefit to the property sector.”

The 316 billion baht stimulus package approved by the Cabinet on August 20 focuses on cash handouts for low-income earners and domestic travellers and extends soft loans to drought-afflicted farmers.

The upbeat finance minister also said that, once the US-China trade war is sorted out, the Thai economy will expand at a faster rate.

“The Thai economy continues to expand.”

“Regardless of what happens with the US-China trade talks, GDP growth will reach 3%, as forecast by the National Economic and Social Development Council.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket

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PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.

The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.

The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.

The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.

In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.

The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.

In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.

The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.

Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.

“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”

Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.

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